Hi, Wanda! I am the cousin that Rose mentions....I am trying my damnest to get this Pervines line straight...lol Alfred is apparently descended from a line that has many name changes. From De Purvaiance in France in the 1500s, to Purviance in Ireland in the 1600s, in the mid 1700s in Pennsylvania they were Purviance, then in North Carolina in the late 1700s, they began to vary it all over the place- Purviance, Purvians, Purvines, Pervines...and census transcribers have screwed it up worse, misreading it as Perrines, etc. You can check this site for some of the Purviance records for a family that mostly migrated from NC to Illinois-- http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilsangam/1876/purviance.htmhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~ilsangam/1876/purviance.htm Alfred may be a nephew or 2nd cousin of this John Purviance born in 1760...he does not appear to be a son or grandson of this John. Alfred is in the 1840 census in NC as Alfred Purviance. there are a couple of Purviance families in the 1820 and 1830 census in NC that have sons the right age for Alfred, but no childrens names are given.
What is your connection to the Pervines? As Rose stated, we believe that Alfred's grandson A.O.Davis is our Greatgrandfather. Although we were given info by my aunt that A.O.Davis, born 1863, did't die until 1933, we are unable to locate any info on him after he married Nancy Tomberlin in 1882; other than finding Nancy in the 1900 census, in Charlotte NC, with their 7 children, and without A.O."Ollie" Davis, he seems to disappear! Since our grandfather, James R. Davis was born in 1898, and is on that 1900 census, with Nancy, it would appear that A.O. was around at least until 1897!
Anything you have on the Pervines--please share! Feel free to email directly. Thanks!